Summer is here and so much has taken place since my last column. The Fellows met in Mystic, Ct the last day of April for their annual meeting and to jury portfolio’s for Signature and Fellow Members.
We received many stellar submissions and I am pleased to announce that 20 new Signature Members were elected! Congratulations to Joey Blazek, Roger Dale Brown, Dale Byhre, Pricilla Coote, Dee Beard Dean, Lisa Gleim, William Hobbs, Kathleen Hudson, Joe Jackson III, Michelle Jung, Nam Soon Kim, Calvin Liang, Lynn Mehta, Julia O’Malley-Keyes, Mary Pettis, James Rahn, Judy Saltzman, Robert Simone, Brian Stewart, and Marilyn Wear!
The new jury system software was very user friendly for our members who submitted this year, and equally easy to navigate for all of the Fellows reviewing the work. The biggest problem that was incurred was simply registering and getting a password! We look forward to expanding the use of the system to include Regional exhibitions, the YMAS finals, annual portfolio reviews and for the jurying the next National Exhibition.
We had a superb Regional exhibition for the West at Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard, CA. Regional Representative Brent Jensen, along with several other ASMA members and their spouses attended the opening on May 11th. Many thanks to Kate Crouse and her staff for all of their hard work and for hosting the exhibition! Thanks to Anne Brodie Hill for her efforts in working with all of our ASMA members to help bring this fruition, and to Nick Fox for creating a beautiful presentation of all the accepted works for the ASMA website of the exhibition.
As I write, the 17th National Exhibition is getting ready to close at the Quilan Visual Arts Centre. Many thanks go out to Amanda McClure and her staff for presenting a beautifully curated Exhibition as our hosts for the 17th National Exhibition! We also thank Anne Hill and Robert Semler for speaking at the opening reception on behalf of ASMA. I received several notes about how beautiful everything looked. Anne and her team of volunteers from the South are preparing to pack up the show and oversee loading the truck at weeks end to travel on to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Thank you Anne, Tom Nielsen, Debra Nadelhoffer, and all of your spouses and other ASMA members for working so hard for ASMA to make these exhibition transitions possible. For those of you who have never been involved in packing up a national show like this, you cannot imagine the amount of painstaking effort these individuals make to assure everyone’s artwork arrives safely to the next venue!
The Board and Fellows are getting all geared up for the 2nd National Marine Art Conference in Mystic, CT which is just around the corner. This year, the conference will allow artists more time to be together in a relaxed atmosphere, with easy access to great subject matter for plein air painting, and socializing together. All of the rooms at our host hotel (the Inn at Mystic) were filled early, and we were extremely lucky to secure another block of rooms at Hyatt Place for several members as well. If you still have not booked a room, you need to make your plans immediately. See you all in Mystic!